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Railroad Rehabilitation Brings New Business and Profits to South Dakota
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For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265



Railroad Rehabilitation Brings New Business and Profits to South Dakota



PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the Dakota Southern Railway Company are wrapping up a two-year, $28 million rehabilitation project on the state-owned, short-line rail system between Mitchell and Chamberlain.


Gov. Dennis Daugaard said completion of the 61.6 mile rail project gives the state’s farmers more options for storing, hauling, and selling their crops.


Rehabilitation of the rail line facilitated construction of Gavilon Liberty Grain Terminal, as well as created opportunities for further economic development in the area. 


The new elevator in Kimball will result in lower shipping costs, expanded markets and better prices for grain producers.


Dedication of the rail line, as well as a grand opening of Liberty Grain, which is located five miles east of Kimball, will take place Thursday, Nov. 1, at 12:30 p.m. CDT. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson and state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist will speak at the event.


“Rail service is extremely important in South Dakota, and I’m pleased to see successful completion of this multi-year effort,’’ Gov. Daugaard said. “The economic benefits of this project are immeasurable.”


The sale of South Dakota’s 369 miles of Core Line railroad track to the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) in 2005 led to improved rail service to elevators in Highmore and Harrold from BNSF’s shuttle program.


“Rehabilitation of the tracks between Mitchell and Chamberlain has further enhanced shipping choices,” Bergquist said. “It will be great to see South Dakota’s farmers reaping the financial benefits of the improved and expanded rail service that not only provides more economical transportation of grain, but it also takes many heavy grain trucks off our roads.”


For more information, contact Bruce Lindholm at the South Dakota Department of Transportation at 605-773-3574.


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